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The Pocket Universal Methods of Design by Bella Martin, Bruce Hanington

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077 Simulation Exercises

Deep approximations of human or environmental conditions

• Effective simulations forge a tangible, immersive sense of real-life user experience to influence design sensitivity and decisions.

• Simulated real-world conditions can provide empathic emotional experiences or test functional interactions like response time and decision-making.

• These exercises have been used in military, aircraft and NASA training, driving simulators, and virtual worlds.

• In design, exercises might approximate the limitations experienced by people with physical disabilities, brain injuries, or age-related sense and cognition deficits.

• Low-tech simulations can utilize wheelchairs, manipulated glasses lenses, or blindfolds to empathically ...

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